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20 Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights

Forget daytime. SoCal comes alive when the sun goes down. From the new cool to the old-school classics, here’s your playbook from dusk till dawn.

Guests dig into an outdoor feast by Malibu Farm’s Helene Henderson.

Hakkasan in San Francisco

1. Charm to Table
That Helene Henderson, a model turned catering company owner coveted by Hollywood’s A-listers, would become hostess to the hottest table in town is no surprise. Her Malibu ranch home, Malibu Farm, draws 100 to 200 guests per dinner (Steven Tyler and Tori Spelling have made the roll call) and sets a wildflower-covered stage for Henderson’s cooking (neighboring farms also host her organic produce-fueled fêtes). To start, one might sip local Bloody Marys by the barn, sample a kosher tea line or meet her goats. Cut to the family-style table, where Henderson’s plucked-straight-from-the-fields fare is served with local wines and sides of live jazz and stargazing—dancing has even been known to ensue. But don’t be intimidated. “‘Pass the broccoli’ is always an acceptable conversation starter,” says Henderson. malibu-farm.com

2. Master Craft
Spend a dreamy midsummer night at the 80th anniversary of Laguna’s beloved tableaux vivants event, the Pageant of the Masters. This year’s theme is The Big Picture and the production promises to recreate the masterpieces that inspired the modern art of filmmaking. Pageant of the Masters runs nightly, July 7-Aug. 31. Tickets start at $15. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582, foapom.com

3. Mingling Dynasty
On the heels of the Vegas opening, Beverly Hills welcomes its own Hakkasan incarnation this summer. More of a low-key lair than megaclub, the hot spot will boast modern Cantonese cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon. For the best seat in the house, book a table at Ling Ling Lounge, an exclusive area offering bottle service and VIP amenities. 245 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, hakkasan.‌com/‌beverlyhills

4. Play Date
All the world’s a stage at this summer’s Shakespeare Under the Stars in San Diego. The famed Old Globe Theatre gets new wattage with one of the world’s foremost Bard studs. Consider it designer theater: New Artistic Director Barry Edelstein has shepherded A-listers (Pacino, Paltrow, Hathaway) through the master’s works. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, 619.234.5623, oldglobe.‌org

5. Grand Plan
Closer than Italy but with all the majesty of a Tuscan hideaway, we love a leisurely weekend at The Grand Del Mar, where luxury awaits when the sun sets. The vaulted dining room of Addison is a stage for culinary pampering, as chef William Bradley’s masterful cooking is paired with top-flight wines from S.D.’s best-curated cellar. And climbing between crisp cotton sheets after dinner is our idea of la dolce vita, though the resort’s starlit alfresco Italian movie nights are a close second. The Summer Concert Series returns July 15 and grooves all summer, bringing acts like soul quartet Delta Rae and the Grammy-nominated Fabulous Thunderbirds to the stage, no passport required. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, 858.314.2000, thegrandelmar.com

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